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strikes in wisconsin

You have no doubt heard in the news about the union strikes in Wisconsin. But what’s really going on? Is this a sign of the unions attempting to grab power or the government oppressing a group of middle class workers? Lets find out.

Here is a basic recap. It started when the Governor of Wisconsin wanted to make up a 3.6 billion gap by cutting funding to both health care and pensions to the union workers in Wisconsin. The state workers then responded by requesting to increase their pension and health care benefit contribution by 5 and then 12 percent. The Governor responded by calling a law to remove the state workers bargaining rights. This is when the strikes started. The strike on Saturday gathered more then 68,000 people!

When the Governor called for a vote many democratic senators fled the state in order to postpone the vote for as long as possible. The situation is still developing but if I were forced to say who is the bad guy here, I would say it is Scott Walker. He is the governor of Wisconsin who decided to cut the union’s healthcare in the first place. But no matter where you stand, everyone acknowledges this will be a historic moment in US history

Festival of lights review

The Festival of Lights, a Middle School Tradition

By Gabe Buyske

When one hears the expression “festival of lights” it conjures up pictures of well…. festivals. But the Festival of lights here at GFS was so much more. Whether it was “Let it Be” performed on stage or “Lean on Me” or even the simple beauty of the decoration  that pulled it together. I for one enjoyed the speeches about the holidays and the many wonderful musical numbers. I would also like to point out that it seemed everyone performed. And they performed so well it made small mess ups funny. I literally laughed out loud when such comedies occurred like the pronunciation of Sleipnir (slap-ner).  Or when the cape of the eight dancing woman fell off in 12 days of Christmas. When I talk it sounds like there was only music but there was something for everyone. There were speeches, interpretive dances, and a magnificent finale of “this little light of mine”. I sincerely hope you agree with me on how wondrous this performance was. If you did see it you will definitely understand me and if you didn’t then you have missed a once-in-a-lifetime event….until next year that is!

Should Laptops be Allowed in School?

Laptops in School, The Great Debate
By Gabe Buyske

Parents, teachers, and students have been arguing about laptops in GFS for about as long as I can remember (I’m new). That’s why I interviewed one representative from each group and talked to them about their opinions so we can finally get an answer to THE GREAT DEBATE

Should laptops be in school? Interview with parent:

Question: What is your general view of laptops in school?

Answer: Overall, I think that they allow you to access a lot of information. Also I think they are a good use of technology.

Q: What are some pros of laptops?

A: Well, for one thing, students can write on them eliminating the issue with handwriting. It also lets you practice using laptops at an early age as you will when you’re an adult, it  gives you access to internet, and easily allows you to receive emails from teachers during the day.

Q: What do you think are some cons of laptops in school?

A: They provide access to Facebook and social networking sites wich can be distracting, they allow for less serious research such as use of Wikipedia, they are expensive and are easily lost or damaged.

Q: How do you think they can be funded?

A: More money needs to be put in student education and should be government funded but damage or loss of the laptops should be the student’s responsibility.

Should laptops be allowed in school? Interview with Rhonda:

Q: What is your general view of laptops in school?

A: I think they will eventually be used more and this will eventually happen.

Q: What are some pros of laptops?

A: The fact that you can bring your files with you and you don’t run the risk of losing data. I also think its good for students who have problems with organization.

Q: What are some cons of laptops?

A: There could be a chance a student could use it inappropriately.

Q: How do you think they can be funded if we do get them?

A: I think we could get donations from ex-students who have graduated.

Should laptops be allowed in school? Interview with student 1

Q: What is your general view of laptops in school?

A: They can be useful. While I don’t bring them in, other people might want to.

Q: What are some pros of laptops?

A: They can provide resources and can be a powerful tool as well you can use it for math and writing as well.

Q: What are some cons of laptops in school?

A: Can be used for non-school things such as social networking and can be distracting.

Q: How can we fund laptops?

A: Donations from parents.

Should laptops be allowed in school? Interview with student 2.

Q: What is your general view of laptops in school?

A: I don’t think that anyone under ninth grade should be allowed to have laptops in school because until that age I don’t believe that students will be responsible. Sixth to Eighth Graders are very unorganized and laptops might help them keep everything together.  Also students with bad handwriting should not be deprived of good grades because the teacher finds it difficult to read.

Q: What are some pros of laptops in school?

A: Organization, no excuse for forgetting work, easy way to type homework, makes finishing work easier and faster so you can do a better job and learn more.

Q: What are some cons of laptops in school?

A: They’re distracting, would distract students, students may go on Youtube and inappropriate sites, easily cheating on tests and work, for example going on a history site because you didn’t study and that promotes dishonesty.

Q: How can laptops be funded?

A: Not funded by school, but by parents so the school can save money and since laptops are not essential  this will be a good punishment but will not hurt the students grade.